Heading to Japan soon? New prerequisites you need to know about

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Things have changed recently, making the process smoother for international tourists.

It’s been over a month now since Japan reopened its borders to international tourists on October 11, but unlike many other countries, it’s still a bit of a puzzle to get in.

Last month, visitors had to enter personal information such as vaccination status into an app called MySOSbut as of November 1, this requirement has been abolished and replaced by “Visit the Japan website“, a website designed to streamline the immigration process.

One day one of our reporters flew to Japan from Singapore and using the Visit Japan website noticed three major differences.

1. Family members may be registered

Previously, parents couldn’t register their children’s details through the MySOS app because it required one account per person. This meant that anyone wishing to enter the country, including young children, had to have their own smartphone with the app installed, otherwise they would have to wait a long time to deal with the situation by keeping the immigration queue.

The new site addresses this issue by allowing visitors to register up to 10 family members on one account, making it much easier for families to enter the country.

2. Multiple schedules can be registered

Previously in the MySOS app, participants had to register their details every time they traveled in and out of the country, but now you can enter all your trips in one go. This is a very welcome improvement in procedures, especially for travelers who have to make a lot of trips around the region.

3. The password is hard mode

Special characters such as symbols are not always accepted in passwords in Japan, but in this case it is one of the requirements. Users must create a password that is at least 10 characters long and contains a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

While some travelers might find this annoying, especially since it’s hard to remember your password later if you don’t write it down somewhere, it’s actually an important change. As you can see in the image above, users can register their passport details on the site to “speed up” the immigration process, so having a strong password is essential to protect your personal information.

While the above three points represent the main differences for travelers arriving in Japan now, the rest of the country’s entry requirements are similar as before as travelers register other details on the website…

▼ …and show QR codes to quarantine, immigration and customs personnel.

When our reporter used the new Visit Japan Web Fast Track system, they said they entered the country at “unprecedented speed”, beating quarantine, immigration and customs almost non-stop. This is certainly good news for travelers, especially considering the “three little hells” that previously awaited newcomers to the country.

Reference: Visit the Japan website
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